Quotation: “Write for yourself; you are, in the end, your most important reader” (Bernstein 1).
Comment: This quote was incorporated within the description of tip 1of the, 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web. Tip 1 states; write for a reason. When I came across this quote, it stuck out to me instantly, as it truly describes what our blogs are to represent. The semester-long blog project is an opportunity for my classmates and myself to freely express on the web about a topic or idea we are passionate about. We should be writing for ourselves and not others. Individually, we are the “most important reader”. This quote touches on one of the first readings we read, Digital Storytelling and Social Media. This article talked about social media being an outlet for users to be the authors of their own lives and respond directly to events that impact them. Social media is a platform that can give anyone a voice. It allows the author to tell their own story and give a new perspective to those reading. People like myself tend to worry about what others are going to say about the things I put out or say on the internet. This quote saying, “write for yourself; you are, in the end, your most important reader”, expresses that as long as you are proud and care for what you are writing, then it shouldn’t matter how others are going to preserve your work, thoughts, or beliefs. Social media doesn’t have to be this negative form of communication, it is a positive place to share what you have passion for in life.
Question: Do you fear what others will say about what you share on the internet, or do you believe that you are the most important reader?